Running Time: 60 minutes
-front cover album art courtesy of Erik Visser, embellished from a concept of James Champagne.
-back cover art Batrachia, by Ernst Haeckel, plate 68 from his 1904 book Kunstformen der Natur, modified by James Champagne.
-album title taken from Remy de Gourmont’s short story “The Shroud”, from the collection of his work called The Angels of Perversity: “Asleep, almost asleep in the shade of the dunes: there is no dress flapping in the wind. Amid the blackness of the stranded wrack a dream lay dead: a dream as white as the death of a seagull.”
-short story ‘Mauve Movies’ by James Champagne, 2008, written especially for this album, may be downloaded in PDF format here:
Orchestra 23: Intro, Intermission, Outro
“Surrealism is destructive, but it destroys only what it considers to be shackles limiting our vision.”
-SALVADOR DALI, Declaration, 1929
The Cat Band: Goods in the Hood
“Goods in the Hood” is one of the only Cat Band songs that was ever recorded by digital means, on computer. It is also one of the only Cat Band songs to drop the F-bomb. The song was totally improvised one afternoon many years ago (possibly in 2000).
Tom Champagne: Vocals
Bill Champagne: Keyboards, Vocals
James Champagne: Pencil-tapping Percussion
Sypha Nadon: The Wish Wish Song
Composed of samples from András Jeles’ The Annunciation, Maya Deren’s Meshes of the Afternoon, Luis Buñuel’s L'Âge d'or, and Luigi Russolo’s intonarumori. “Wish Wish” sample and Wyoming Whippoorwill Wail courtesy of James Champagne.
The People’s Tongue: Staunch
How does the rabbit get those essential nutrients? She eats the cecotropes as they exit the anus. The rabbits blissful expression when she's engaging in cecotrophy (the ingestion of cecotropes) will tell you that she finds this anything but disgusting. In fact, rabbits deprived of their cecotropes will eventually succumb to malnutrition. Cecotropes are not feces. They are nutrient-packed dietary items essential to your companion rabbit's good health.
To Repel Ghosts: Blow
A student composer's life, if you will forgive us the generalization, can be divided into two periods: before they encounter Steve Reich's Come Out, and after. "Blow" is our way of acknowledging the debt and offering homage. While it lacks the methodological rigor and social relevance of its model, it enjoys the advantages of a) being somewhat shorter, and b) the enchanting voice of Lauren Bacall.
Serapeum is a artificial computer system embedded within certain orthographic spheres of reality and is also known as a timestation. The Serapeum timestation receives and
gathers audio fluctuations at crucial points along the gnostic meta axis of reality and
downloads these signals for further analysis and reality selection.
Nemerion scientists have figured out how open a Stargate to the backside of the universe.The Nemerion utilize a gnostic hyper nexus of oscillating sub oblations to catalyze certain topologies within the ontic net. For them to do this , they need sufficient aural power structures of Zomate within the earth grid. Serapeum is a audio-etheric station along the Zothryian nexus of the orthagonal grid system and therefore regulates any time machines with the Sub-Earth Axis. This super computer helps regulate and stabilize certain sub zero etheric vibrations from within the continuum of Univere B due to the Nemerion research cults.
Zyklon Vagina: The Creeping Sickness
“He was a broken man not only in mind, but in body. Let me tell you. In that island which I have not named there is a horrible disease called by the natives the Creeping Sickness. It is supposed to come from a poisonous place named the Black Belt, and a part of this Black Belt is near, too near, to the hacienda in which Juan sometimes lived.”
-Sax Rohmer, Bat-Wing
Bryce Clayton Eiman: Sex in Heaven
First off, unhear everything. That which I produce one could not call 'music' by any charitable extension of that term. Simply put, my work is a machine for displacing air. I fancy calling it Art, but I think that intention has less to do with pride than with indolence. They say you've got to draw the line somewhere, but I rarely draw the same line twice -- and most times not at all.
Thomas Moronic: Boulder Dash
"I was interested in the idea of routine, the effects it has on a person, the way a brain starts acting in certain ways because of it. I took sounds from a particular journey that I often have to take, and took sounds from it, the footsteps, the sound of my breath, the traffic, the people around me on public transport, my friends' voices and tried to warp them swap them around and see what the results were. It was more of a private investigation of sorts, informal personal research in a way. These are the results, one track from a series of pieces based around those ideas."
Moya Sestra: Spider Joe
"Hopeless of any weapon to repel
The loathsome, crawling danger, we embraced,
And kissed with silent kisses mixed with tears"
-Henry Abbey, The Giant Spider
This is not a cautionary tale.
Boy Destroyer: Wild Boys Remix
(Featuring guest performance from the blind idiot flute players of Azathoth)
Ray Pissed: (song concept/ideaology)
Isabelle Ducasse (noise/boy samples)
Sypha Nadon (beats)
“We intend to march on the police machine everywhere. We intend to destroy the police machine and all its records. We intend to destroy all dogmatic verbal systems. The family unit and its cancerous expansion into tribes, countries, nations we will eradicate at its vegetable roots. We don’t want to hear any more family talk, mother talk, father talk, cop talk, priest talk, country talk or party talk. To put it country simple we have heard enough bullshit. I am on my way from London to Tangier. In North Africa I will contact the wild-boy packs that range from the outskirts of Tangier to Timbuctu. Rotation and exchange is a keystone of the underground. I am bringing them modern weapons: laser guns, infra-sound installations, Deadly Orgone Radiation. I will learn their specialized skills and transfer wild-boy units to the Western cities…. I have a thousand faces and a thousand names. I am nobody I am everybody. I am me I am you. I am here there forward back in out. I stay everywhere I stay nowhere. I stay present I stay absent.”
-William S. Burroughs, The Wild Boys
Sypha Nadon: The Mauve Zone
2. From the destruction of mind that gives birth to Chaos
3. A zone of mauve is created, a desert of sand above the Tunnels of Set. The winds hurry through them,
4. A sinister piping bearing the Beetle on its wings.
-Kenneth Grant, OKBISh: The Book of the Spider, section 11, verses 2-4
This song contains a recital of Kenneth Grant’s poem “Mauve Zone” as found in the book Convolvulus and other poems.
James Champagne: The Lord’s Prayer
“To be an alien, to be in exile, is the mark of Christian suffering.”